Secrets of Spoleto and Umbrian Cooking - NEW
Umbria is Italy's spellbinding heart of natural beauty and is acclaimed for its culinary authenticity and genuineness, even by Italians themselves. Spoleto — your home for this classic and acclaimed culinary, historic, and artistic adventure — is a center of culture for its many attractions, from its festivals to its ancient sites and cuisine. Often described as a little piece of heaven fallen to earth, it's a town that truly embodies the history of Italy at every turn. The cuisine here is rustic, and while sometimes referred to "peasant cooking," it truly is from the land, with ingredients like farro, wild herbs, truffles, and lentils, as well as a plethora of cured meats.
During your culinary adventure in Spoleto, stay in a magnificent 15th-century and family-run historic residence, the Palazzo Dragoni. Situated just feet from the Duomo, it's wonderfully located in the heart of this beautiful hill town. Many rooms offer sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding hill towns and vineyards.
About your host and cooking classes: This 6-night cooking vacation demonstrates how art and history connect with the gastronomy of a place. You'll discover these connections in part by four hands-on cooking classes, which are all lead by different chefs or cooks. You'll cook with a Michelin-starred chef, Eros Patrizi, as well as Mamma Proietti of a popular local restaurant, who loves to share her family's recipes. You'll also cook with the young Chef Alfredo of your hotel, as well as a true mountain country cook Angela, whose traditional lore and skills are remarkable.
Through it all, you'll have a guide by your side, Richard di San Marzano. With a background in art, history, and cuisine, Richard will help you discover the many secrets of Umbria, both culinary and otherwise!